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Go with women-centric cinema this Women’s Day

Share few moments with the silver screen and cherish womanhood believing in living every tick of life with vim and vigour.

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |


A woman is a meaningful creation of God and is supposed to spread a positive influence on others. It seems like every day a new thing is found alluring about women but Women’s Day is completely dedicated to them to celebrate their existence on the surface. Be it her visual appearance, dress or any other part of her attire, everything is meant for appreciation.

To find a woman who qualifies for a “complete package”, you can watch few Bollywood films which describe her in such a mystical manner that it reaches the deepest recesses of viewers’ heart and soul.

10 best women-centric films you can adore:

Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957)

The story revolves around a single mother who showcases a model of the liberation of women. The iconic movie was India’s Oscar nomination. Playing the role of a rural woman, Nargis (Radha in film) does something so exemplary that she ends up becoming a role model for all the women in the villages of India.

Gulzar’s Aandhi (1975)

It’s one of the best Bollywood films dedicated to a woman who makes her own choices in life. The film is supposedly based on the life of the then Prime Minister of India ‘Indira Gandhi’. This Indian political film enjoys its own share of storms as it revolves around the well-known Gandhi family. So, how could the movie not thrive controversies around everything, be it the story or the personal lives of characters?

Rajkumar Santoshi’s Damini (1993)


The movie showcases the tale of a woman essayed by Meenakshi Sheshadri (Damini) who fights against her own family to give justice to her maid. Her maid is gang-raped by her brother-in-law and his friends. At the end, Damini succeeds in getting justice for herself and the victim.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1994)

The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. Phoolan is played by Seema Biswas as a woman of violent rages and deep wounds who turned into a bandit from a simple village woman after suffering from dreadful miseries, including rapes as well.

Shimit Amin’s Chak De! India (2007)

Chak De India

Chak De! India played a crucial role in reviving the popularity of women hockey in India. The film marked the debut of 16 girls from various towns of India who lived their dream to work with famous superstar Shah Rukh Khan on silver screen. The film brought back the much-needed focus on a conveniently ignored Indian women sport ‘hockey’.

Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion (2008)

The movie focuses on the dream of a small-town girl to become a famous supermodel but she soon finds out that there’s a price for making her wish come true. Fashion is the tale of what happens when the price of a new successful life full of glamour becomes too much to pay.

Raj Kumar Gupta’s No One Killed Jessica (2011)

In the film, Rani Mukherjee’s character of a TV news reporter is the only fictional aspect of the story based on the high profile Jessica Lall murder case. The film is the true story of a woman’s struggle for justice after her sister, a model, was murdered at a party in the capital city of India in 1999.

Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish (2012)


The story revolves around a woman rediscovering herself and her awakening self-respect. The film depicts Indian screen legend Sridevi as Shashi who is simply a dedicated housewife and how she finds her own identity as a small entrepreneur who makes amazing laddoos and later she learned English for a period of four weeks and becomes a confident citizen of the world.

Shoojit Sircar’s Piku (2015)

Piku, Deepika Padukone

The movie shouted loud that the relation between father and daughter is very special. Bhaskar Da (Amitabh Bachchan) wanted his daughter Piku (Deepika Padukone) to live her life by her own wish and never get married as he thought her independence would get tied down after her marriage. He always wanted to see his daughter independent. Bold and adorable, Piku respects her father’s view of not getting married. She concentrates on her professional career and becomes successful.

Anirudh Roy Chowdhury’s Pink (2016)

Pink is the story of three girls starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu. It mallets the message that when a woman says ‘No’, she means ‘No’. It’s been much-admired as the first Bollywood movie that stresses the importance of a woman’s consent even if she is your wife.

Indeed, silver screen contribution to improve women’s status in Indian society is incredible. Happy Women’s Day!